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His Return by Percival Wilde Presented by The Online Stage After years at war, Helen Hartley's husband, John, is returning home. She is overjoyed to see him, but that excitement quickly turns to dread, as she realizes she isn't the same young girl he left at the train some years back. Will he be shocked at how she's aged? Or will he see something that Helen herself has missed? Cast: Helen Hartley: Anna Grace John Harley: Marty Krz Sylvia Best: Amanda Friday A Maid: Amber Hegarty Narrator:...
Topic: WWI drama reunion marriage
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Yesterday A play in one act By Colin Campbell Clements Presented by The Online Stage A lady and a British officer find themselves in conversation at a party. They begin to talk about their past loves, only to discover that these are right in the room. Cast Narrator - Mauren Boutilier A Certain Lady of Quality - Anna Grace A British Officer, late of the Indian Army - Denis Daly Audio edited by Anna Grace This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as The Online Stage is...
Topics: One act play, Clements
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A Jury of Her Peers By Susan Glaspell Presented by The Online Stage A man is found strangled in the bed he shared with his wife while both were sleeping. The authorities come to investigate, but someone else finds the truth of the situation. This 1917 short story was loosely based on a real-life case of murder in 1900's Iowa and is touted as one of the first truly feminist pieces of literature. Cast Mr. Hale: Marty Krz Mrs. Peters: Shaina Lin Summerville Mrs. Hale: Erin Grassie Henderson: Andy...
Topics: Glaspell, short story, murder, mystery
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Trifles A play in one act by Susan Glaspell Presented by The Online Stage John Wright has been found dead in his bed, with a rope around his neck.  His widow admits that she was sleeping in the same bed, but claims to have slept through the whole incident.  Will the canny county attorney be able to work out what really happened? Cast George Henderson, the County Attorney - Andy Harrington Lewis Hale - Joseph Tabler Sheriff Henry Peters - Larry Wilson  Mrs Peters - Michelle Marie Jeanmard ...
Topics: Drama, One-act play, Glaspell
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The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell Presented by The Online Stage. World famous hunter and author, Sanger Rainsford, falls from the deck of his yacht while sailing to the Amazon for a jaguar hunt. He washes up on a mysterious island where he is taken in by the enigmatic General Zaroff, a Cossack military commander, and no mean hunter himself, who has heard of and admires Rainsford’s skill as a hunter. They have a heated philosophical discussion during which Zaroff admits that a sense...
Topics: richard connell, literature, hunting, most dangerous game, adventure, classic
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A Question of Sex by Arnold Bennett Presented by The Online Stage George Gower is about to become a father, and his rich bachelor uncle has promised to pay a handsome sum if the baby is a boy. When George has a daughter, he does all he can to cover up the sex of the child in an attempt to keep his payday. Cast George Gower - Mark Day Francis Gower - John Burlinson May Forster - Amanda Friday Helen Stanton - Grace Keller Scotch Narrator - Jennie VanderLugt
Topics: comedy, arnoldbennett, realism, victorian, one-act
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Romeo and Juliet By William Shakespeare Presented by The Online Stage A classic tale of doomed young love, Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays and has also been adapted many times for presentation on film and as musical theatre. Cast Romeo - Andy Harrington Montague - Ron Altman 1) Benvolio; 2) First Musician - Brian Mansi 1) Abram; 2) Mercutio; 3) Friar John - Brett Downey 1) Juliet;  2) Third Musician - Libby Stephenson Capulet - John Burlinson Lady Capulet -...
Topics: Shakespeare, drama, Romeo, Juliet, Elizabethan
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The Interlopers by Saki  (H.H.Munro) Presented by The Online Stage Somewhere in a forest in the Carpathians, two sworn enemies meet, each armed and ready to kill the other. Cast Ulrich von Gradwitz - Andy Harrington Georg Znaeym - Russell Gold Narrator - Marie Hoffman Audio edited by Erin Louttit Cover design by Denis Daly This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as the Online Stage is credited as the author.  It may not be used for commercial purposes or distributed...
Topics: Short story, drama
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Porcelain and Pink by F Scott Fitzgerald Presented by the Online Stage This short play was originally published in Fitzgerald's 1922 collection Tales of the Jazz Age, and is a comedy of mistaken identity that takes place entirely in a bathroom. Julie is blithely singing in the bathtub, but has to contend with her irritated sister Lois, recalcitrant plumbing, and a missing towel that complicates an unexpected visit from Lois' boyfriend. Cast Julie - Amanda Friday Lois - Libby Stephenson Young...
Topics: Comedy, Jazz Age, drama, play
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The Proposal by Anton Chekhov Translated by Julius West Presented by The Online Stage Ivan Vassilevitch Lomov has decided to propose to Natalya Stepanovna, the daughter of his neightbour, Chubukov.   He promptly receives the father's blessing, but will he be able to gain the daughter's consent? Cast Stepan Stepanovitch Chubukov, a landowner - Tovarisch  Natalya Stepanovna, his daughter - Grace Keller Scotch Ivan Vassilevitch Lomov,a neighbour of Chubukov, a large and hearty, but very...
Topics: One-act play, Chekhov, Russian, drama, comedy
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The Tempest by William Shakespeare Presented by the Online Stage Many scholars consider The Tempest, which was probably composed between 1610 and 1611, to be the last play that Shakespeare wrote without a collaborator.    Prospero, the rightful Duke of Milan, has been deposed by his scheming brother, Antonio, with the help of Alonso, the King of Naples.   In exile on a remote and mysterious island,  Prospero becomes a powerful magician.  Aided by a spirit, Ariel, who he has released from...
Topics: Drama, Elizabethan, Shakespeare
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The Online Stage presents The Cask of Amontillado By Edgar Allan Poe First published in the November 1846 issue of Godey's Lady's Book, the Cask of Amontillado is one of the most famous and beloved of all horror short stories.  It encapsulates two of Poe's most persistent themes: horror and revenge. Cast Montresor - Alan Weyman Fortunato - Denis Daly Audio edited by Charlotte Duckett Cover design by Charlotte Duckett This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as the...
Topics: drama, horror, Poe
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The Sun by John Galsworthy Presented by the Online Stage. In the aftermath of the Great War two returning soldiers, having faced the brutality of trench warfare, mustard gas attacks and industrialized warfare on a previously unimaginable scale, must now confront each other in order to win the love of one woman.   Cast The Girl - K.G.Cross  The Man - Alan Weyman  The Soldier - Denis Daly Stage directions read by Joseph Tabler. Audio edited by David Prickett Cover design by Denis Daly This...
Topics: Drama, One-act play
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The Online Stage presents Fourteen By Alice Gerstenberg Mrs. Pringle, hostess extraordinaire, is throwing a dinner party to set up her daughter, Elaine, with a rich suitor. Between illness, bad weather, and work excuses, which Mrs. Pringle just cannot accept, the guest list jumps back and forth in number. With the help of their bumbling yet well meaning butler, Dunham, the Pringles are forced to reevaluate and rearrange place cards to salvage the party. Cast Mrs. Horace Pringle – Elizabeth...
Topics: Drama, One-act play, Gerstenberg, one act play
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Enigma A play in one act by Floyd Dell Presented by the Online Stage In this brief dialogue Floyd Dell examines the dynamics of attraction and repulsion that are typical of intimate relationships.  As their union staggers towards final dissolution a man and a woman indulge in a fruitless struggle to establish psychological ascendancy.  Cast John Wang as HE PJ Morgan as SHE Stage directions read by Denis Daly Audio edited by Denis Daly Cover design by Denis Daly Music Excerpts from Wind...
Topics: Drama, One act play, Floyd Dell
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Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti Presented by The Online Stage Christina Rossetti's creepy 1862 poem tells the story of sisters Laura and Lizzie and their temptation by the insidious goblin men, who offer them delicious yet poisonous fruits. When Laura decides to taste their wares, it is up to Lizzie to save her, if she can. Cast: Laura: Amanda Friday Lizzie: Arielle Lipshaw  Goblins: Ron Altman  Narrator: Elizabeth Klett Audio edited by Elizabeth Klett Cover design by Elizabeth Klett This...
Topics: Poetry, drama, Rossetti
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Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare Presented by the Online Stage Much Ado About Nothing was probably written about 1598 and first published in the First Folio of 1623. In one of his darker comedies, Shakespeare explores the themes of love, fidelity, innuendo and betrayal.  The plays opens in a frolic of merriment,  but the mood darkens with the entrance of sinister Don John, one of the most unrelievedly villainous characters in the Shakesperean canon. His machinations to wreck the...
Topics: Drama, Shakespeare, Elizabethan
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The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare Presented by the Online Stage The Comedy of Errors was probably written in the mid 1590s. but not published until the first folio of 1623. The action of the play is largely based on the Menaechmi by the Roman dramatist, Plautus.  It is a classic farce, involving the encounters between two sets of twins, who have been separated at birth, and their eventual reconciliation with their birth families. Among the misadvetures along the way can be found...
Topics: Drama, comedy, Shakespeare, twins, farce
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How He Lied to Her Husband  By George Bernard Shaw Presented by The Online Stage In the words of the author: Nothing in the theatre is staler than the situation of husband, wife and lover, or the fun of knockabout farce. I have taken both, and got an original play out of them, as anybody else can if only he will look about him for his material instead of plagiarizing Othello and the thousand plays that have proceeded on Othello's romantic assumptions and false point of honour. Cast Narrator -...
Topics: Comedy, play, Shaw
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The Hunting of the Snark An Agony in Eight Fits By Lewis Carroll A dramatic presentation by The Online Stage Cast Narrator - Sarah Bacaller The Bellman - Graham Scott The Baker - Andrew Coleman The Butcher - Ben Stevens The Judge - Denis Daly The Beaver - Leanne Yau The Snark - Erin Louttit 1. Preface 2. Fit the First - The Landing 3. Fit the Second - The Bellman’s Speech 4. Fit the Third - The Baker’s Tale 5. Fit the Fourth - The Hunting 6. Fit the Fifth - The Beaver’s Lesson 7. Fit the...
Topics: Nonsense, poetry, snark, Lewis Carroll
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A Matter of Husbands A Play in One Act By Ferenc Molnar Translated by Benjamin Glazer Presented by the Online Stage. A young woman confronts a world famous actress in her dressing room. The young woman's husband seems to be having an affair with the actress. The actress feels it her duty to inform the young woman how she can win her husband back. Cast Famous Actress - Elizabeth Klett Earnest Young Woman - Amanda Friday Stage directions read by Denis Daly Audio edited by Amanda Friday Cover...
Topics: One act play, comedy, actress
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The Siren by F. Anstey Everyone knows the classic story of the seductive and irresistible sirens driving sailors to their deaths, but what happens if one of those sirens suddenly gains a conscience and falls in love herself? Cast: The Siren - Ariana Mertz The Stranger - Stephen Indrisano Narrator -  Nad Pham
Topics: F. Anstey, sirens, mermaids
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Legend By Floyd Dell Presented by The Online Stage Luciano, who is in love with Violante, approaches her with a gift from Violante's husband, Don Vincenzio. He attempts to persuade her to forget her husband and love him instead, but Violante hesitates as she opens the gift... Cast He – Tomas Peter She - Leanne Yau Stage Directions – Mark Crowle-Groves Audio edited by Leanne Yau This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as the Online Stage is credited as the author. ...
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His Luck By Horace Holley Presented by the Online Stage. The struggles of a musician's life - his muse, his temper, and what he has left behind. Cast Jean - Maureen Boutilier Vera - Susan Iannucci Stage directions read by Amanda Friday Audio edited by Amanda Friday Cover design by Denis Daly This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as the Online Stage is credited as the author.  It may not be used for commercial purposes or distributed in an edited or remixed form. The...
Topics: Drama, one-act play, Holley
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Landing in Luck by William Faulkner Cadet Thompson, an aspiring American pilot, has joined the RAF with the dream of fighting in the skies over Europe in the Great War. But first, he has to prove himself with a solo flight which, even after hours of training, his instructor thinks will end poorly...   First appearing in the November 26, 1919 issue of The Mississippian , “Landing in Luck” is William Faulkner’s first published short story.   Cast NARRATOR: Ted Wenskus THOMPSON: Tim Sailer...
Topics: William Faulkner, WWI, Great War, aeroplane, short story
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Tony's Wife By Alice Dunbar Presented by The Online Stage In a middle class neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana at the turn of the 20 th  century, there is a small corner store run by a hot-headed man named Tony and his meek, long-suffering wife. When Tony becomes seriously ill, his wife sees a glimmer of hope for an end to her abuse.    Please note that this production includes depictions of domestic violence.   CAST   NARRATOR – Shirley Savage TONY – Mike Vendetti  TONY’S WIFE...
Topics: New Orleans, short story, Alice Dunbar, domestic violence
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In Merry Mexico  by Stephen Leacock Presented by the Online Stage Stephen Leacock (1869 – 1944) was the Canadian equivalent of Mark Twain – a classic humorist, with a crisp and elegant prose style and a very keen eye for the follies of society.  At the peak of his popularity   he was one of the most widely read writers in the English language.   Jack Benny and Groucho Marx considered his books among the funniest that they had ever read.  In Merry Mexico is taken from the collection...
Topics: Comedy, satire
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Short Plays From Dickens For the use of Amateur and School Dramatic Societies Arranged by Horace B. Browne Presented by members of The Online Stage The anthologist introduces his collection thus: The twenty short plays included in this little volume have been prepared to meet a growing demand for short actable plays adapted from the works of Charles Dickens.  They are taken from some of the principal episodes in seven of his books, and they will be found to contain among the eighty-eight...
Topics: Dickens, plays, Victoriana
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The Online Stage presents Q - a Farce By Stephen Leacock and Basil Hastings This entertaining spoof on spiritualism is a dramatization by Basil Hastings of "Q." A Psychic Pstory of the Psupernatural" from Nonsense Novels by the Canadian humorist, Stephen Leacock. A gullible spiritualist, George Gnoof,  is invited to share a psychic experience with Jack Annerley, a fellow lodger in his boarding house.   Annerley is concerned over the situation of "Q",  a deceased...
Topics: Drama, One-act Play, spiritualism, Leacock
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From the Diary of a Violent-Tempered Man  By Anton Chekhov Translated by Constance Garnett Presented by The Online Stage A dramatic presentation of a short story by Anton Chekhov from the collection 'The Schoolmaster and Other Stories.' A man determined to complete a written assignment is side-tracked into taking a walk with a young lady, whose name he is not certain of by any means. Far from completing his assignment, he somehow ends up engaged to be married to the young lady instead. Cast...
Topics: Short Story, Chekhov
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Who Do You Think Did It? Or The Mixed Up Murder Mystery By Stephen Leacock Presented by The Online Stage In this satirical farrago about the suspicious death of a social celebrity, Leacock spins a tale involving many of the characters who are a stock in trade in murder mysteries:  the intrepid investigator,  the bumbling policeman, the intimidating entrepeneur, the glamorous maiden and the calculating possible culprit. Narration by Sarah Bacaller Cast Masterman Throgton - Joseph Tabler...
Topics: Satire, parody, Leacock, murder mystery
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The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare Presented by the Online Stage Probably written bteween 1590 and 1592,  The Taming of the Shrew is one of the most politically incorrect of Shakespeare's plays.  Petruchio,  a brash and wealthy young man, assumes the task of "taming" Katherine, the elder daughter of the affable but ineffectual Baptista.  Delighted at the prospect of any man attempting to woo his hot-tempered and unmarriagable daughter, Baptista welcomes Petruchio,...
Topics: Drama, Shakespeare, Elizabethan, misogyny
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Americans at War By Stephen Leacock These sketches have been adapted from satirical sketches composed by Stephen Leacock about particular aspects of the First World War. The American involvement in the First World War was very unusual in that the conflict took place far distant from American shores.   In his usual ironic fashion,  Leacock chose for his subjects in the first three sketches, Americans who were generally at a safe distance from the theatre of war but were still very keen to...
Topics: Leacock, satire, First World War
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The Master Poisoner  By Maxwell Bodenheim and Ben Hecht Presented by the Online Stage. Sobe, the master poisoner, and Maldor, his assistant, have spent their careers devising ever more elaborate and exquisite poisons.  But Sobe’s dreams of the ultimate poison that would give him mastery over death itself shock  Maldor, who is even more troubled when he realizes that Sobe plans to experiment on his own wife, Fana.  Fana, however, has her own ambitions, which may not coincide with her...
Topics: Drama, horror, One-act play, Jazz Age
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The Sale of Saint Thomas by Lascelles Abercrombie Presented by the Online Stage. Lascelles Abercrombies' portrait of an idealistic but anxious apostle struggling with the command of his master to spread his message in far flung India was first published in 1911. At first, Thomas feels inspired by his mission and expresses his confidence in his ability to deal with challenges that face him.  However, after a lengthy conversation with the ship's captain, a sober realist,  Thomas finds his task...
Topics: Poetry, fable, St Thomas
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The Lost Illusions of Mr Sims By Stephen Leacock Adapted as a dramatic reading by Denis Daly Presented by The Online Stage In his declining years wealthy businessman Mr Edward Sims is fond of regaling listeners with reminiscences of the hectic dissipation and boon companions of his student days.    Eventually, he decides to revisit his alma mater for the first time since his graduation accompanied by a member of his club.  Cast Narrator - Ron Altman Mr Sims - Joseph Tabler Ned Purvis - Marty...
Topics: satire, Leacock, university
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The Open Door by Alfred Sutro Presented by The Online Stage "A love that is forbidden but no longer unspoken." Cast Sir Geoffrey Transom - Ben Stevens  Lady Torminster - Arielle Lipshaw   Narrator - Amanda Friday Audio edited by Amanda Friday Cover design by Denis Daly   This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as the Online Stage is credited as the author.  It may not be used for commercial purposes or distributed in an edited or remixed form. The Online...
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The Lady of Shalott by Alfred Lord Tennyson Presented by The Online Stage The enchanted Lady of Shalott dares not look out from her isolated tower to the world of Camelot - until the day she braves the curse upon her. Cast Lady of Shalott - Elizabeth Chambers Lancelot - Craig Franklin Reaper - Steve Gough Narrator - Erin Louttit Audio edited by Erin Louttit Cover design by Denis Daly This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as the Online Stage is credited as the author....
Topics: Poetry, Victorian, Tennyson, legend
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Manikin and Minikin  by Alfred Kreymborg Presented by The Online Stage Alfred Kreymborg was one of the pioneer advocates of free-verse rhythmical drama. Manikin and Minikin,  first published in 1918, is a rhythmical, pantomimic drama, describing a love-hate relationship between two bisque figures.    In this semi-puppet play the automatons,  confined in an agonizing paralysis, discuss their predicament  in a rhythmical interchange of lines, in the style of a musical duet. Cast She - K.G....
Topics: One-act play, drama
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The Online Stage presents Ever Young by Alice Gerstenberg Four older women meet to reminiscence on life, death, divorce, and lost loves. Each have explored their lengthy lives in a different manner as they have learned to cope with being the ones left behind. Tinged with humor throughout, the realistic portrayal of the elderly will tug at your heart strings while making you reflect on what your own life might be as you grow old. Cast MRS. PHOEBE PAYNE-DEXTER - Maureen Boutilier MRS. AGNES...
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The House of the Dead Hand  by Edith Wharton Presented by The Online Stage A priceless painting, a domineering father, and his mysterious daughter intrigue an Englishman abroad in Siena in Edith Wharton's classic 1904 ghost story. Cast: Professor Clyde: Steve Gough Count Ottaviano Celsi: Russell Gold Wyant: Craig Franklin Dr Lombard: Bob Neufeld Mrs Lombard: Jennifer Fournier Sybilla Lombard: Amanda Friday  Woman/Landlady: K.G. Cross Narrator: Elizabeth Klett Audio edited by Elizabeth Klett...
Topics: Short story, ghost, horror, Wharton
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Mrs Packletide’s Tiger by Saki (H.H.Munro) Presented by the Online Stage. Mrs Packletide needs to outshine her detested rival, and what better way to do so than by hunting a ferocious wild tiger? Cast Mrs Packletide - Cate Barratt Miss Mebbin - Erin Louttit Clovis - Ben Stevens Narrator - Jeff Moon Audio editing by Erin Louttit Cover design by Denis Daly This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as the Online Stage is credited as the author.  It may not be used for...
Topics: Short story, comedy, Saki
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The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe Presented by the Online Stage. An unexpected visitor arrives late one evening in the form of a beautiful and sinister raven... Cast Narrator - Ted Wenskus The Raven - David Stifel Audio edited by Erin Louttit Cover design by Denis Daly Music Excerpts from In Memoriam,  Opus 91, by Friedrich Gernsheim and Folksong Phantasy by Waldo Warner Perfomed by Steve's Bedroom Band Recordings published by musopen.org. This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as...
Topics: Poetry, drama, Poe
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The End of the World A poetic drama by Lascelles Abercrombie A mysterious visitor brings alarming tidings to a rustic community:  the world is due to be destroyed by an approaching comet.     How will the locals react to the news of the imminent apocalypse? Cast Huff, the Farmer – Phil Benson Sollers, the Wainwright – Noel Badrian Merrick, the Smith – Denis Daly Vine, the Publican – Alan Weyman Shale, the Labourer – Craig Franklin The Dowser (A Stranger) – Mark Crowle-Groves Mrs...
Topics: Poetry, Drama, Abercrombie
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Kerfol by Edith Wharton Presented by The Online Stage. At the prompting of his friend Lanrivain, a man visits Kerfol, the traditional seat, now abandoned,  of the de Cornault family.   However, the visitor finds that the property appears not be vacant...... Cast: NARRATOR - Steve Gough LANRIVAIN - Mark Crowle-Groves MADAME DE LANRIVAIN - Elizabeth Klett ANNE DE CORNAULT - Eva Davis JUDGE - Denis Daly HERVÉ DE LANRIVAIN - Nemo YVRES DE CORNAULT - Joseph Tabler Music Prelude to The Afternoon...
Topics: Short story, ghost, Brittany, Wharton
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Louise  A play in one act By J.H.Speenhof Translated from the Dutch by A.V.C.P. Huizinga and Pierre Loving Presented by The Online Stage Jacobus Hendrikus Speenhoff (1869 - 1945 ) was a Dutch song witer and graphic artist, who became best known as a cabaret performer.  His mini drama, Louise, explores the predicament of a young woman who has to decide between opposing lifestyles:  middle class domesticity and Bohemian extravagance.  Cast Louise  - Anna Grace Van Der Elst - Joseph Tabler...
Topics: One-act play, Speenhof, drama
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As You Like It by William Shakespeare Presented by the Online Stage Written about 1599 and first published in 1623, As You Like It features the story of Rosalind, one of Shakespeare's most powerful female characters.   In the company of her cousin and trusted friend Celia,  she flees from the court of her villainous uncle Frederick, and takes refuge in the Forest of Arden.  Disguised as a male under the name of Ganymede, she encounters another refugee from Fredrick's court,  Orlando, a...
Topics: Drama, Shakespeare, comedy, Elizabethan
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The Twelve Angry Pigs By Wade Bradford Presented by the Online Stage. Guilty or not guilty?  A spoof on The 12 Angry Jurors, The 12 Angry Pigs by Wade Bradford examines the case against the Big Bad Wolf and the Three Little Pigs. Was the Wolf really selling Wolf Scout cookies or is he indeed guilty of huffing and puffing and blowing down those two houses? Cast Pig 1 - Marty Krzywonos Pig 2 - Charlotte Duckett Pig 3 - John Burlinson Pig 4 - Amanda Friday Pig 5 - Jennifer Fournier Pig 6 -...
Topics: Fairytale, Red Riding Hood, Online Stage
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Amours de Voyage by Arthur Hugh Clough Presented by The Online Stage In the spring of 1849, the newly founded Roman Republic was besieged by French forces. The Victorian poet and translator Arthur Hugh Clough was present, and he drew upon his experiences when writing Amours de Voyage. Through letters home the epic poem tells the story of an Englishman in the midst of the conflict, his relationship with a countrywoman likewise trapped, and the chances and changes of war, nationhood, and personal...
Topics: Poetry, Victorian, Clough
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The Online Stage presents La Sainte Courtisane or The Woman Covered With Jewels By Oscar Wilde La Sainte Courtisane ("The Holy Courtesan") is an unfinished play by Oscar Wilde, written in 1894. He left the manuscript in a taxi cab and never recovered it. What now exists of it was first published in 1908 by Wilde's literary executor, Robert Ross, who pieced together surviving fragments of a first draft. In fourth-century Egypt, a high-society courtesan hopes to makes a conquest of a...
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The Laughter of Slim Malone by Max Brand Presented by The Online Stage The remote mining town of Appleton is booming with activity at the recent discovery of gold nearby, and with it comes a rash of robberies perpetrated by a single man: the notorious Slim Malone. Appleton charges their new sheriff “Lefty” Cornwall with the apprehension of Slim Malone. While Lefty is confident he’s up to the task and can get it done without a posse, Slim is a more formidable opponent than he seems. Cast:...
Topics: Max Brand, Western, Suspense, Old West, Outlaws, Cowboys
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Boris Godunov A Drama in Verse By Alexander Pushkin Rendered into English verse by Alfred Hayes Presented by The Online Stage In January of 1598, Feodor (Fyodor) I, the heir to Ivan the Terrible, died at the age of 40 and with him ended the Rurik Dynasty in Russia.  Feodor’s death came seven years after his half-brother Dmitry of Uglich died at the age of nine under mysterious circumstances from a stab wound to the throat. During Feodor’s reign, Boris Godunov, Feodor’s brother-in-law,...
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Cocaine By Pendleton King Presented by The Online Stage Cocaine is an honest portrait of drug abuse, prostitution, and finding love and hope in the quiet hours of the morning when all else seems futile. Joe, a former boxer, and Nora, his frail wife whose illness has incapacitated her from streetwalking, discuss their desperate situation and contemplate giving up entirely. Content warning for discussion of drug use, sex work, and a suicide attempt. Cast Joe - Marty Krz Nora - Nancy German Stage...
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Spoof A Thousand-Guinea Novel  by Stephen Leacock Presented by The Online Stage. While by today's standards this satirical novella can hardly be considered salacious its quiet humour has not lost its charm. In the words of the author: This novel represents the last word in up-to-date fiction. It is well known that the modern novel has got far beyond the point of mere story-telling. The childish attempt to INTEREST the reader has long since been abandoned by all the best writers. They refuse to...
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Christmas in 1776 by Anne Hollingsworth Wharton Presented by The Online Stage In 1776, in New Jersey, Kitty and Harry anxiously hope their father, fighting with General Washington, will be home for Christmas.  He makes it home...and brings a surprise.... Cast Mrs Tracy - Amanda Friday Kitty -  Anastasia Durning   Harry - Zachary Downey Mr Tracy - Brett W. Downey Dying British soldier - Denis Daly Narrator - Jennifer Fournier Audio edited by Jennifer Fournier and Edward Durning Cover design...
Topics: Christmas, 1776, War of Independence, play
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Chu-Bu and Sheemish By Lord Dunsany Presented by the Online Stage Chu-Bu is a minor god who enjoys the devotion of his adherents - until the upstart god Sheemish arrives on the scene. Their rivalry has dramatic and rather unexpected consequences. Cast Chu-Bu: Alan Weyman Sheemish: John Burlinson Priests: Phil Benson Worshippers: Denis Daly Narrator: Andrew Coleman Audio edited by Erin Louttit Cover design by Denis Daly This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as the...
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The Telegram  by Horace Holley This is a short philosophical work, part of a collection of short plays called “Read-Aloud Plays” which were intended to discuss matters of concern to the Ba’Hai faith.  This one, a play in less than 1500 words, posits questions about the relative importance of objective and subjective reality.  Or something like that! It features two gentlemen, one who is at a juncture in life where he considers two possible paths in life that depend on his receiving a...
Topics: Holley, paris, one-act play
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The Online Stage presents St Valentine’s Day By Annie Eliot Elinor receives a valentine from an old flame, Richard Morrison. Or does she? Her niece, Letty, fully expects that she will be the one receiving a valentine from Richard. What follows is the comedic banter of maternal versus youth. So who is it really for: the aunt or the niece? Cast Elinor – Cate Barratt Letty, her niece – Amanda Friday Stage directions read by Leanne Yau Audio edited by Amanda Friday Cover design by Denis Daly...
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Soul Call By Stephen Leacock Presented by The Online Stage The author describes this dramatic episode as "an up-to-date Piffle-Play - In which a Woman and a Man, both trying to find themselves, find each other."  He further explains:  A production like this always deals, in one way or another, with "the problem of marriage."  Let it be noted that marriage, which used to be a sacrament, became presently a contract, and now a problem.  In art and literature it used to...
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The Far-Away Princess  by Hermann Sudermann Translated by Grace Frank Presented by The Online Stage In this comedy, set in Eighteenth Century Germany,  a naive young student encounters a reticent stranger, to whom he reveals his passionate devotion to a reclusive princess - with unexpected results. Cast The Princess von Geldern - K.G.Cross  Baroness von Brook - PJ Morgan Frau von Halldorf - Linda Barrans Liddy - Leanne Yau Milly - Elizabeth Klett Fritz Strübel - Russell Gold Frau Lindemann...
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The Two Gentlemen of Verona by William Shakespeare Presented by the Online Stage The Two Gentlemen of Verona, an unlikely tale of betrayal and forgiveness, is considered one of Shakespeare’s least successful plays.   Valentine plans to leave his home town of Verona to travel to Milan and asks his best friend Proteus to accompany him.  The latter refuses, saying that he is not willing to leave his lover, Julia, behind.    However, Proteus is later forced by his father to travel to Milan,...
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The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare Presented by the Online Stage In one of his more serious comedies, Shakespeare explores love, justice, and forgiveness.  The merchant Antonio secures a loan from Shylock to allow his friend Bassanio to court the lady Portia.  The surety of the loan: a pound of his flesh. Cast Portia - Cate Barratt Nerissa – K. G Cross Messenger, Servingman, Salerio and Balthazar - Andrew Coleman Prince of Morocco, Tubal and Duke of Venice - Daniel Vimont Old...
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Short Plays from Dickens For the use of Amateur and School Dramatic Societies Arranged by Horace B. Browne Presented by members of The Online Stage The anthologist introduces his collection thus: The twenty short plays included in this little volume have been prepared to meet a growing demand for short actable plays adapted from the works of Charles Dickens.  They are taken from some of the principal episodes in seven of his books, and they will be found to contain among the eighty-eight...
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Her Tongue A play in one act By Henry Arthur James Fred and Minnie Bracy want to help their friend Patty get engaged, but Patty's incessant talking always gets in the way of someone taking an interest in her. Mr. Scobell had met Patty at a ball and mentioned he would like to see her again. When the two finally meet a second time, the outcome is not what either of them expected. Cast Patty Hanslope: Jennie VanderLugt Lawrence Scobell : Andy Harrington Fred Bracy: David Shears Minnie Bracy:...
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All’s Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare Presented by the Online Stage Probably written about 1605 and first published in the First Folio of 1623,  All’s Well That Ends Well is a twisted tale of courtly love.  In its setting and treatment of the subject,  the play bears a passing resemblance to Love’s Labour’s Lost,  but is in fact much grimmer,  and at the end, it remains unclear whether repentance and true love have really triumphed.    The story is based on Tale 9 of...
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THE OUTSIDE By Susan Glaspell First performed by the Provincetown Players at the Playwrights' Theatre, December 28, 1917. Presented by The Online Stage Mrs Patrick has purchased a disused life-saving station to use as a rural retreat.  However, her peace is shattered when life savers bring in a body that has been washed up on the beach.  How will she deal with this unwelcome intrusion from “The Outside?” Cast Captain of 'The Bars' Life-Saving Station - Marty Krz Bradford, a...
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The People A play in one act  by Susan Glaspell Presented by The Online Stage First produced in 1917, this play depicts a provincial socialist newspaper which is facing the possibility of enforced closure.  The editor,  Edward Wills, has just returned from a tour of the country which has left him depressed and disillusioned about the capacity of the paper to spread its message.    However, the arrival of some unexpected visitors persuades him to review his plans for the future of the...
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Death and Taxes by HA. Hartzell Presented by The Online Stage In which a kilt wearing, matchmaking ghost pirate, an invisible cat, half of an elderly painter and a self-empowered Princess Pocahontas help a dreamy eyed, paint-smeared artist not only save the local lighthouse, but pay his taxes AND get the girl. If only we could all be so lucky as the Mastersons! The only work ever written by H.A. Hartzell, "Death and Taxes" appeared in Worlds of If Science Fiction, May 1962. You can...
Topics: paranormal fiction, death and taxes, ghost story, comedy
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The Incompatibles By Horace Holley Presented by the Online Stage. A newly married couple goes out to dinner on their honeymoon. Much to the wife's surprise, her ex-husband and his new wife are also dining at the same restaurant. Cast Maria - Elizabeth Klett  Fred - Brett Downey  George - Jeff Moon Stage directions read by Amanda Friday Audio edited by Amanda Friday Cover design by Denis Daly This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as the Online Stage is credited as...
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A Good Woman A play in one act  by George Middleton Presented by The Online Stage  Hal, a reporter,  and Cora discover that the target of Hal's investigation of civic corruption has learned of their clandestine relationship, and is using this knowledge in an attempt to silence Hal. He has to choose between his commitment to complete his investigation and his wish to protect his beloved.       Cast Cora - Kalynda Hal - Ted Wenskus  Narrator - Susan Ianucci Audio edited by Denis Daly...
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A Domestic Picture A Scene from Domestic Life By Alexander Ostrovsky Translated by Ethel Voynich Presented by The Online Stage Alexander Nikolayevich Ostrovsky (1823-86) is considered to be the greatest Russian dramatist of the earlier nineteenth century,  and the most significant figure in Russian theatre before Chekhov.  Although he wrote 47 plays, none of them has attracted the international attention of those of his illustrious successor.   Possibly the best known of his plays is The...
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The Were-Wolf By Frederick Marryat Presented by The Online Stage. After committing murder, a man flees his native country to live reclusively in the Hartz Mountains. But will the past catch up with his whole family? CAST Narrator: Russell Gold  Father: Nemo Hunter: Tovarisch Christina: Arielle Lipshaw Marcella: Eva Davis Cæsar: Kalynda Audio edited by Erin Louttit This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as the Online Stage is credited as the author.  It may not be...
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Xingu  by Edith Wharton Presented by The Online Stage Mrs. Ballinger and her ladies' Lunch Club believe themselves to be authorities on art, culture, and literature in the small town of Hillbridge. But when celebrated novelist Osric Dane consents to join them for a discussion of her novel The Wings of Death, they find that things seem destined to go awry.  This dramatic reading of Edith Wharton's hilarious 1916 story features an all-female cast. Miss Van Vluyck: Libby Stephenson Mrs. Roby:...
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Alternate Route A radio play by Peter Tucker Presented by The Online Stage One bus stop, two women - their lives so different, but strangely connected.  As time passes, the shocking truth reveals itself - too late! Cast Gloria mea - Elizabeth Chambers Gloria tua - Elizabeth Klett Narrator - Peter Tucker Text copyright held by Peter Tucker. Music, special effects and audio editing by Peter Tucker. Cover design by Denis Daly. This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as...
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The Match by James Oliver Curwood Presented by The Online Stage Sergeant Brokaw always gets his man.  Billy, wanted for murder, is no exception.  But when an accident leaves them both exposed to the elements in the middle of winter without food or shelter, will justice have the final word? Cast Narrator - Lance Rasmussen Sergeant Brokaw - Jeff Moon Billy Loring - JD Sutter Jeanne - Trisha Rose
Topics: James Oliver Curwood, suspense, Canada, winter, wilderness, crime, law, justice, survival